Category Archives: Media Releases

7-30-21 Police Remind Motorists of One-Way Traffic Pattern on Pakalana St. in Honoka‘a

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentHamakua PatrolSchool Resource Officer Blake RagocosPhone: (808) 775-7533 Media Release As keiki prepare for the new school year, Hawai‘i Police Department would like to remind motorists in Honoka‘a that starting Tuesday, August 3, 2021, the one-way traffic pattern on Pakalana Street will be in effect Mondays through Fridays, on school days, between 7:00 […]

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7.30.21 Two Officers Honored by Aloha Exchange Club for Tracking Down Violent Suspect Wanted in Two States

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentHilo PatrolCaptain Sandor FinkeyPhone: (808) 961-2214 Media Release An officer and her new recruit trainee were recently honored for their investigation that led to the arrest of a violent suspect who had previously fled two states to avoid prosecution for similar crimes. Officers Lisa Ebesugawa and Recruit Officer Sean Tyler Kepoo were recognized […]

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7-30-21 Police Ask Public’s Assistance in Locating Puna Runaway Aiden Becker

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolSergeant Shawn TinglePhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 21-062283 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 13-year-old Aiden Becker, who was reported as a runaway. Becker was last seen in the area of North Glenwood Road in Mountain View on Thursday, July 29, 2021, at 5 p.m. wearing […]

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7-29-21 Police Seeking Ocean View Man on Outstanding Warrants

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentVice Section – Area IIOfficer Kyle HirayamaPhone: (808)326-4646 Ext. 253 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 42-year-old Ronald Patrick Keahonui Kahihikolo, of Ocean View, who is wanted for three outstanding warrants for his arrest. Kahihikolo is described as 5 feet 7 inches tall, 215 pounds, with […]

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07-29-21 Police Ask Public’s Assistance in Locating Runaway Lokelani Troche-Nobriga

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentHilo PatrolSergeant Michael Santos          Phone: (808) 935-3311Report No.:  21-060417 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 14-year-old Lokelani Troche-Nobriga, who was reported as a runaway. Troche-Nobriga was last seen in Hilo on July 23, 2021. She is described as being 5 feet 2 inches tall, weighing 115 pounds, […]

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7-28-21 Community Policing Meeting to Address Agricultural Theft in Honomū Aug. 9

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCommunity Policing SectionLieutenant William DerrPhone: (808) 961-2350 Media Release Hawai‘i Police Department’s Hilo Community Policing Section invites the public to a community meeting on Monday, August, 9, 2021, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Honomū Gym, 28-1641 Old Mamalahoa Highway in Honomū. The event, hosted by Hawaii County Council Member Heather Kimball, […]

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7-28-21 (Update) Missing Teen Kanoelehua Awaa Located

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolSergeant Charrise WakitaPhone: (808) 965-2716Report No.: 21-061403 Media Release The Hawai‘i Police Department reports that 18-year-old Kanoelehua Awaa, who was previously reported as missing, was located in Kurtistown on July, 27, 2021, in good health. 

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7-27-21 Police Renew Request for Assistance Locating Missing Pāhoa Man Michael Rosenbaum

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area ILieutenant Rio Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 965-2715Report No.: 21-060604 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are renewing their request for the public’s assistance in locating 76-year-old Michael Rosenbaum, of Pahoa. He was reportedly last seen in Pahoa town on Thursday, July 22, at 6 p.m., and is in need of various […]

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7-27-21 Pahoa Man Charged with School Burglary and Other Offenses

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area ILieutenant Rio S. Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2252Report No.: 21-060624 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have arrested and charged 24-year-old Jenson Faustino-Keakaoka Castillas with burglary and an array of other offenses after breaking in to a private school in Pahoa. On the afternoon of Monday, July 26, 2021, after conferring […]

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7-27-21 Volcano Man Wanted for Outstanding Warrants

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area ILieutenant Rio S. Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2252Report No.: 21-053150 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 36-year-old Thomas Lou Robert Bowers, of Volcano. He is wanted for two outstanding Hilo Family Court warrants and for questioning in connection with a criminal investigation for […]

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7-27-21 Police Renew Request for Assistance in Locating Owner of Kayak

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentHilo PatrolSergeant Nelson Cacho Sr.Phone: (808) 935-3311Incident Number: 21-053568/HL Media Release Hawai‘i Police Department is renewing its request for the public’s help identifying the owner of a two-person kayak found adrift in Hilo Bay earlier this month. A kayaker found the yellow, two-person Malibu Series ocean kayak on Friday, July 2, 2021, at […]

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7-27-21 Police Charge Two for Numerous Offenses Related to Hit and Run Incident

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area IILieutenant Calvin Delaries, Jr.Phone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 266Report No.: 21-060838 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have arrested three Captain Cook men with numerous criminal offenses after a reported hit and run incident in the parking lot of a business establishment in the 75-5800 block of Ali‘i Drive shortly […]

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7-27-21 Police Ask Public’s Assistance in Locating Missing Teen Kanoelehua Awaa

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolSergeant Charrise WakitaPhone: (808) 965-2716Report No.: 21-061403 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating 18-year-old Kanoelehua Awaa, who was reported missing. Awaa is described as being 5 feet 2 inches tall, 155 pounds, with brown eyes and long red hair. She was last seen on Monday, July […]

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7-27-21 Police Remind Motorists of One-Way Traffic Pattern on Waianuenue Ave.

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCommunity Policing SectionLieutenant William H. DerrPhone: (808) 961-2350 Media Release With the school year starting soon, Hawai‘i Police Department would like to remind the public that the one-way traffic pattern on Waianuenue Avenue will resume on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 and will be in effect weekdays, 7:15 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. This coincides […]

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7-26-21 DUI Stats

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner, Program ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release During the week of July 19, 2021, through July 25, 2021, Hawai‘i Island police arrested 20 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Nine of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. One of the drivers was under the […]

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7-26-21 Kona Woman Charged with Assault for Threatening Woman with a Knife

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area IILieutenant Calvin Delaries, Jr.Phone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 266Report No.: 21-060697 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have arrested and charged 30-year-old Renette Gasio of Kailua-Kona with assault in the second-degree after she reportedly threatened a woman with a knife.   A 41-year-old female victim reported that Gasio verbally threatened […]

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7-26-21 Police Ask Public’s Assistance in Locating Hilo Runaway Kaliah Quiocho

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentSouth Hilo PatrolLieutenant Todd PatarayPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 21-060890 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s help in locating 15-year-old Kaliah Quiocho of Hilo, who was reported missing as a runaway. Quiocho was last seen at her residence in Hilo on Saturday, July 24, 2021. She is described as being […]

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7-24-21 Puna Men Arrested and Charged for Shipman Beach Trail Robberies and Vehicle Theft

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area ILieutenant Rio S. Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2252Report Nos.: 21-049740 / 21-057669 Media Release            Hawai‘i Island police have arrested and charged 25-year-old Travis Ka‘iliwaioli Yoshito Demello-Oda, of Hilo, with robbery and an array of other offenses following two separate armed robberies that occurred on the Shipman Beach Trail […]

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7-23-21 (Update) Runaway Lokelani Troche-Nobriga Located

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area IOfficer Corey M. KanekoPhone: (808) 961-8843Report No.: 21-055803 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that 14-year-old Lokelani Troche-Nobriga, who was previously reported as a runaway, was located in Hilo on Thursday, July 22, 2021, in good health.

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7-23-21 Police Seek Public’s Assistance Locating Male Suspect in Ka’u Property Crimes

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentKa‘ū Patrol DivisionSergeant Chris CorreiaPhone: (808) 939-2520Report No.: 21-058453 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are seeking the public’s assistance with identifying a man who is being sought for questioning in connection with a stolen moped and other property crimes occurring in the Ocean View area of Ka‘ū.  His image was captured on video […]

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7-23-21 (Update) Runaway Zoeylynn Puaoi-Pinheiro Located

Hawai’i Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area IOfficer Corey M. KanekoPhone: (808) 961-8843Report No.: 21-052384 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that 14-year-old Zoeylynn Puaoi-Pinheiro of Hilo, who was previously reported as a runaway, was located in Hilo on Thursday, July 22, 2021, in good health.

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7-23-21 Police Ask Public’s Assistance in Locating Hilo Runaway Simeko Kosme

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentHilo Patrol – Area ISergeant Michael Santos          Phone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 21-058623 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 17-year-old Simeko Kosme, who was reported as a runaway. Kosme was last seen in Hilo on Saturday, July 17, 2021. She is described as being 5 feet 2 inches […]

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7-22-21 Police Ask Public’s Assistance in Locating Runaway Ezra Kirkpatrick

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentHilo PatrolSergeant Michael Santos          Phone: (808) 935-3311Report No.:  21-059483 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 16-year-old Ezra Kirkpatrick, who was reported as a runaway. Kirkpatrick was last seen in Hilo on Tuesday, July 20, 2021. She is described as being 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighing 100 […]

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7-22-21 Kamuela Man Charged with Terroristic Threatening, Harassment, and Assaulting Three Officers

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area IILieutenant Calvin Delaries, Jr.Phone:  (808) 326-4646 ext. 266Report No.:  21-059228 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police detectives have arrested and charged 37-year-old Pieter Colson of Kamuela with terroristic threatening, harassment, and various felony offenses.   The charges stem from an incident that occurred on Monday, July 19, 2021, around […]

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7-22-2021 (Update) Runaway Brandon Ahia Located

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area IOfficer Corey M. KanekoPhone: (808) 961-8843Report No.: 21-050849 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that 16-year-old Brandon Ahia, who was previously reported as a runaway, was located in good health in Hilo on Thursday, July 22, 2021.  

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7-21-21 Kona Crime Prevention Committee Honors Officer Hanes for Helping to Save Injured Man

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentKona Community Policing SectionSergeant Michael D. HardiePhone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 259 Media Release For his quick actions in helping to save an injured man, Hawai‘i Police Department Officer Adam Hanes was recognized by the Kona Crime Prevention Committee as the Kona Officer of the Month for July 2021 during a luncheon at Huggo’s […]

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7-21-21 Police Seek Public’s Assistance in Locating Missing Hilo Woman

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area ILieutenant Rio S. Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2252Report No.: 21-047227 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police detectives are requesting the public’s assistance in locating 48-year-old Kanani Eve Meridith, who was reported missing. She has not been seen by her family since May 2021. She also has an outstanding bench warrant.   Meridith […]

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7-20-21 Police Seek Wanted Hilo Man Known to be Armed & Dangerous

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area ILieutenant Rio S. Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2252Report No.: 21-054884 Media Release Hawai‘i Island Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 31-year-old Bronson Rodney Amaral, who should be considered armed and dangerous. He is wanted for two outstanding arrest warrants, and for questioning in connection with two additional […]

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7-20-21 (Update) Runaway Jada Cathcart Located

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolOfficer Dustin SampagaPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 21-059277 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 15-year-old Jada Cathcart, who was reported as a runaway, was located in Puna in good health on Tuesday, July 20, 2021.

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07-20-21 Police Ask Public’s Assistance in Locating Runaway Lokelani Troche-Nobriga

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentHilo PatrolSergeant Michael Santos          Phone: (808) 935-3311Report No.:  21- 055803 Media Release Hawai‘i Island Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 14-year-old Lokelani Troche-Nobriga who was reported as a runaway. Troche-Nobriga was last seen in Hilo on July 8, 2021. She is described as being 5 feet 2 inches tall, weighing 115 […]

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7-20-21 Police Seek Public’s Assistance in Locating Runaway Jada Cathcart

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolOfficer Dustin SampagaPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 21-059277 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 15-year-old Jada Cathcart, who was reported as a runaway. Cathcart was last seen in the Kurtistown area on Monday, July 19, 2021 between 10 a.m. and 11 p.m., wearing a black windbreaker, […]

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7-20-21 DUI Stats

Hawai`i Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner, Program ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release During the week of July 12, 2021, through July 18, 2021, Hawai‘i Island police arrested 19 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Two of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. One of the drivers was under the […]

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7-20-21 (Update) Runaway Jason Oharra Located

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area IOfficer Corey M. KanekoPhone: (808) 961-8843Report No.:  21-017946 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that 13-year-old Jason Oharra, who was reported as a runaway, was located in Pahoa in good health on Monday, July 19, 2021.

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7-19-21 (Update) Hilo Runaway Simeko Kosme Located

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area IOfficer Corey M. KanekoPhone: (808) 961-8843Report No.:  21-054370 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that 17-year-old Simeko Kosme, who was reported as a runaway, was located in Hilo in good health on Friday, July 16, 2021.

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7-19-21 Police Congratulate Winners of Hilo HI-PAL Blue Light Fishing Tournament

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCommunity Policing SectionLieutenant William DerrPhone: (808) 961-2350 Media Release The Hawai‘i Police Activities League (HI-PAL) would like to congratulate all the winners and thank all of the participants in the first-ever Blue Light fishing tournament, which took place Wednesday, July 14, 2021, at Wailoa State Park in Hilo. Participating students from Keaukaha, Kapiolani, […]

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7-16-21 (2nd Update) Kailua Pier Coroner’s Inquest

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area IILieutenant Calvin DelariesPhone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 266Report No.: 21-034326 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that a coroner’s inquest into the April 2021 death of man at Kailua Pier has been completed. On Friday, April 30, 2021, at 1:16 p.m. Kona Patrol and Department of Land and Natural […]

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7-16-21 Police Renew Request for Public’s Assistance in Locating Runaway Zoelynn Puaoi-Pinheiro

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentSouth Hilo Patrol DivisionLieutenant Tuck Loy AurelloPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 21-052384 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are renewing their request for assistance in locating 14-year-old Zoeylynn Puaoi-Pinheiro of Hilo, who was previously reported missing as a runaway. Last month Puaoi-Pinheiro was reported as a runaway when she did not return to a residence […]

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07-16-21 Chief Promotes Seven Officers to Lieutenant

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentOffice of the ChiefChief Paul FerreiraPhone: (808) 961-2244 Media Release                                                  Police Chief Paul Ferreira has promoted seven individuals to the rank of Lieutenant, effective Friday, July 16, 2021. Lieutenant Brian Prudencio, a 21-year veteran is now assigned to Administration – CALEA (Accreditation).  He most recently served as a detective in the […]

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7-16-21 (Update) Police Renew Request for Information Regarding Hōlualoa Post Office Break-In

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Division – Area IICaptain Thomas Shopay III      Phone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 263Report No.: 21-056886 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are continuing to seek the public’s assistance in identifying persons involved in a break-in that occurred at the Hōlualoa Post Office sometime between Saturday July 10, 2021, and Monday July 12, 2021.  At […]

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7-16-21 Police Ask Public’s Assistance in Locating Hilo Runaway Simeko Kosme

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentHilo Patrol – Area ISergeant Michael Santos          Phone: (808) 935-3311Report No.:  21-054370 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 17-year-old Simeko Kosme, who was reported as a runaway. Kosme was last seen in Hilo on July 4, 2021. She is described as being 5 feet 2 inches tall, […]

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7-15-21 Ocean View Man Charged with Numerous Offenses Stemming from Auto Theft

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area IIDetective Kimmerlyn Makuakane-JarrellPhone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 262Report No.: 21-055591 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have arrested and charged 24-year-old Lane Turner of Ocean View with numerous offenses stemming from a theft of a vehicle in Ocean View. On Monday, July 12, 2021, Kona patrol officers were conducting patrols […]

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7-15-21 Hilo Man Arrested and Charged for Felony Assault

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area ILieutenant Rio Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2252Report No.: 21-057037 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police detectives have arrested and charged 25-year-old Timothy Michael Kaleo O’ Kalani Kahooilihala of Hilo with felony assault. On Wednesday evening, July 14, 2021, Kahooilihala turned himself in at the South Hilo police station. He had been […]

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7-14-21 Police Ask Public’s Assistance in Locating Timothy Kahooilihala for Outstanding Warrant

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area ILieutenant Rio S. Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2252Report No.: 21-057037 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 25-year-old Timothy Michael Kaleo O’ Kalani Kahooilihala, who is wanted for an outstanding bench warrant, and for questioning in connection with an assault that occurred in Hilo […]

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7-14-21 Police Seek Suspect Involved in Kea‘au Robbery

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area ILieutenant Rio S. Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2252Report No.: 21-049740 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a male suspect involved in a robbery that occurred near Shipman Beach on the Shipman Beach Trail in Kea‘au on Sunday, June 20, 2021. The suspect was […]

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7-14-21 Kea‘au Runaway Ibbs Located

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolCaptain Scott AmaralPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No. 21-046219 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that 16-year-old Kaitlynn Ibbs of Kea‘au, who had previously been reported as a runaway, was located in Puna in good health.

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7-13-21 DUI Stats

Hawai`i Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner, Program ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release During the week of July 5, 2021, through July 11, 2021, Hawai‘i Island police arrested 19 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. One of the drivers was involved in a traffic accident. None of the drivers were under the age of […]

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7-13-21 Police Ask for Public’s Assistance in Locating Missing Kona Man Brian Larimore

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentKona PatrolSergeant David ArakiPhone: (808) 326-4646 Ext.253Report No.: 21-055995 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating 54-year-old Brian Larimore of Kailua-Kona, who was reported missing and is in need of medication. Larimore was last seen on Thursday, July 08, 2021, at 10:15 a.m. in the 500 block of […]

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7-13-21 Police Investigate Possible Drowning Along Hāmākua Coast

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentHāmākua Patrol Lieutenant Roylen ValeraPhone: (808) 962-2120Report No.: 21-56470 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are investigating a possible drowning in Hāmākua. At 4:48 p.m. on Saturday, July 10, 2021, Hamakua patrol officers responded to a report of a possible drowning in the vicinity of the 18 mile marker on Highway 19 in the […]

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7-13-21 Officers Citing ATVs On Public Roadways

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentPuna Community Policing                                                                                            Officer Eddie Cardines                             Phone: (808) 935-3311       Media Release The Hawai‘i Police Department is warning the public that officers will issue citations to anyone who operates a dirt bike or all-terrain vehicle (ATV) on any public road on Hawai‘i Island. This includes state and county roads, as well as private roads open […]

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7-13-21 Detective Gavin Kagimoto Recipient of Haweo Award

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentOffice of the Police ChiefChief Paul K. FerreiraPhone: (808) 961-2244 Media Release For his selfless work making Hawai‘i Island a safer place for children, Detective Gavin Kagimoto was honored with the Haweo Award during a ceremony held at Hawai‘i County Council chambers in Hilo on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. The award was presented […]

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7-13-21 Police Investigate Possible Drowning in Ka‘ū

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentKa‘ū Patrol DivisionSergeant Chris CorreiaPhone: (808) 939-2520Report No.: 21-056254 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are investigating a possible drowning incident that occurred in the Kaʻū district. On Friday, July 9, 2021, at 10:56 p.m., police, Hawai`i Fire Department, and US Coast Guard personnel responded to a report of a 42-year-old man who fell […]

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7-12-21 Public Invited to Coffee with a Cop in Waimea

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentSouth Kohala DistrictCaptain Jeremie EvangelistaPhone: (808) 887-3080 Media Release  Hawaiʻi Police Department’s South Kohala Community Policing Section invites you to join them for “Coffee with a Cop” in Waimea Wednesday, July 14, 2021, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Starbucks in the Parker Ranch Center, 67-1185 Māmalahoa Highway. This casual event is a […]

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7-12-21 Police Investigate Hōlualoa Post Office Break-in

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area IIActing Lieutenant Donovan Kohara      Phone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 238Report No.: 21-056886 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying persons involved in a break-in that occurred at the Hōlualoa Post Office sometime between Saturday July 10, 2021, and Monday July 12, 2021.  At 7:05 […]

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7-12-21 Officer Robert Sakata Honored by HISSPA for Commitment and Dedication to the Community

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentSouth Kohala DistrictCaptain Jeremie EvangelistaPhone: (808) 887-3080 Media Release For his outstanding investigative skills, exceptional information sharing, and commitment to providing the highest quality of police service, Officer Robert Sakata was recognized by the Hawai‘i Island Security and Safety Professionals Association (HISSPA) as HISSPA Officer of the Quarter for Q2 2021 during a […]

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7-12-21 Public Invited to Attend July Kona Coffee with a Cop Events

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentCommunity Policing – Area IISergeant Michael HardiePhone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 259 Media Release Continuing their efforts to stay connected to the community, Hawai‘i Police Department invites area residents to attend two “Coffee with a Cop” talk story sessions this month in Kona. The events will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. […]

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7-12-21 Missing Puna Man Nicholas Taylor Located

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentHilo PatrolSergeant Nelson Cacho Sr.Phone: (808) 961-2213Report No.: 21-056031 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that 44-year-old Nicholas Taylor of Puna, who was previously reported as missing, was located Friday afternoon in Hilo.

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7-10-21 Puna Attempted-Murder Suspect Charged

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Division – Area ILieutenant Rio S. Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2252Report No.: 21-055879 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have charged 39-year-old Frank William Funes with the attempted murder of his former long-term girlfriend. The incident occurred in Pahoa on Thursday night, July 8, 2021. At 1:50 p.m. Saturday, July 10, after conferring with […]

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7-09-21 Hilo Man Charged with Array of Offenses

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area ILieutenant Rio S. Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2252Report No.: 21-054487 Media Release Hawai’i Island police have arrested and charged 40-year-old Nathan Kalani Niihau with an array of offenses following a month-long crime spree. On the afternoon of Thursday, July 8, 2021, after conferring with county prosecutors, police charged Niihau with […]

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7-09-21 (Update) Missing Ka’u Man Travis Aukai Located

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area IIActing Lieutenant Donovan Kohara Phone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 238Report No.: 21-055765  Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police report that 40-year-old Travis “Pono” Aukai, of Ka‘u, who had been previously reported as missing, was located in Ka‘u in good health on Friday, July 9, 2021.

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7-09-21 Police Ask For Public’s Assistance in Locating Missing Puna Man Nicholas Taylor

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentHilo PatrolSergeant Nelson Cacho Sr.Phone: (808) 961-2213Report No.: 21-056031 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating 44-year-old Nicholas Taylor of Puna. He was reportedly last seen in Hilo on June 27, 2021, around 6:00 p.m. Taylor is described as Caucasian, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall, 125 pounds, […]

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7-09-21 Police Respond to Threat to Kea‘au Middle School

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolCaptain Scott AmaralPhone: (808) 965-2716Report No. 21-055955 Media Release Hawai’i Island police have initiated a first-degree terroristic threatening case in connection with a threat that lead to Kea‘au Middle School being locked down the morning of Friday, July 9, 2021. In response to a 8:27 a.m. call, Puna patrol officers learned that […]

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7-09-21 Police Renew Request for Assistance in Locating Three Kona Runaways

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area IIOfficer Jeremiah HullPhone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 302 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are renewing their request in asking for the public’s assistance in locating three west Hawaii runaways. Each runaway has previously been featured in separate releases. Police ask anyone with information on the whereabouts of any of […]

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7-9-21 Kona Crime Prevention Committee Honors New Officer For Proactive Policing

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentKona Community Policing SectionSergeant Michael D. HardiePhone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 259 Media Release A new member of the Hawai‘i Police Department was recently honored by the Kona Crime Prevention Committee (KCPC) for his proactive policing that resulted in the seizure of a significant amount of narcotics. Police Officer (Recruit) Michael Gusman was named […]

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7-08-21 Police Ask Public’s Assistance in Locating Missing Ka‘u Man Travis Aukai

Hawaii Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area IIActing Lieutenant Donovan Kohara      Phone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 238Report No.: 21-055765 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for 40-year-old Travis “Pono” Aukai, of Ka‘u who was last seen leaving his residence in the Hawaii Ocean View Estates subdivision during the morning hours of Thursday, July 8, 2021 and […]

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7-08-21 Police Ask Public’s Assistance in Locating Runaway Gloria Hanato

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area IIOfficer Jeremiah HullPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 21-036045 Media Release Hawai‘i Island Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 17-year-old Gloria Hanato who was reported as a runaway. Hanato was last seen in Kealakekua on May 5, 2021. She is described as being 5 feet 4 inches […]

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7-08-21 Woman Killed in Single-Car Crash in Hilo

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Enforcement UnitSergeant Jeremy RiddlePhone: (808) 961-2391Report No.: 21-055552 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are investigating a fatal traffic collision involving two family members from Hilo that occurred on Wednesday evening July 7, 2021, in the area of Kalanianaole Avenue and Kolea Street in Hilo. When police responded to the 11:51 p.m. traffic […]

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7-07-21 (Update) Runaway Lokelani Troche-Nobriga Has Been Located

Hawai’i Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section, Area IOfficer Corey KanekoPhone: (808) 961-8843Report No.: 21-050651 Media Release Hawai’i Island Police report that 14-year-old Lokelani Troche-Nobriga was located in good health in Kona on July 6, 2021. She had previously been reported as a runaway.

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7-07-21 DUI Stats

Hawai`i Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner, Program ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release During the week of June 28, 2021, through July 4, 2021, Hawai`i Island police arrested 22 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Three of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. Two of the drivers were under the […]

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7-06-21 Kona Man Charged with Robbery and Assault

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area IIActing Lieutenant Donovan Kohara Phone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 238Report No.: 21-054315 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police have arrested and charged 31-year-old Kelvin Malakaua, of Kailua-Kona, with robbery and assault after an incident that occurred on Sunday, July 4, 2021, at the Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park. Shortly after 6:00 p.m. […]

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7-06-21 Missing Puna Woman Donna Rasay Located

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentPuna PatrolSgt. Brian SoukiPhone: (808) 965-2716Report No.: 21-052599 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that 36-year-old Donna Rasay of Pahoa, who had been previously been reported as missing, was located on July 5, 2021, in good health.

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7-06-21 Police Seek Public’s Assistance in Locating Missing Kea‘au Man Brian Maccaferri

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolSergeant Aaron KaeoPhone: (808) 935-3311 or (808) 965-2716Report No. 21-053837 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are searching for 46-year-old Brian Maccaferri of Kea‘au, who family members say they have not heard from since late May 2021. Maccaferri is known to frequent the Kea‘au and Pahoa areas. He is described as Caucasian with […]

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7-06-21 Runaway: Bradon Ahia

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentHilo Patrol DivisionPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 21-050849 Media Release Hawai’i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 16-year-old Bradon Ahia who was reported as a runaway. Ahia was last seen in Hilo on Saturday, June 24, 2021, around 5:17 a.m. wearing a tan shirt and red shorts. He is described […]

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7-02-21 Police Investigate Drug Related Chemical Incident in Kona

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentVice Section, Area IILieutenant Edwin A. BuytenPhone: (808) 326-4646 ext. 226Report No. 21-053041/KN Media Release The Hawai’i Police Department is investigating a report of unknown chemical materials at a condominium complex located on Ali‘i Drive in Kailua-Kona. On June 30, 2021, at 4:30 p.m., Kona Patrol officers were dispatched to the condominium complex […]

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7-02-21 Unoccupied Kayak Found Drifting in Hilo Bay

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentHilo PatrolSergeant Nelson Cacho Sr.Phone: (808) 935-3311Report Number: 21-053568/HL Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are seeking the public’s help identifying the owner of a two-person kayak found adrift in Hilo Bay this morning. The yellow Malibu Series Ocean kayak was found by another kayaker at 8:57 a.m. and reported to the Hawai‘i Fire […]

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7-02-21 (Update) Police 9-1-1 System Fully Restored

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentAdministrative Services Communications SectionLieutenant Robert Fujitake Jr.Phone: (808) 961-8808 Media Release  Hawai‘i Island police report that the technical issues affecting its communications center and 9-1-1 call system have been fully resolved. The department thanks the public for their patience while this problem was corrected.

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7-02-21 Police Remind Motorists to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over This Holiday Weekend

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey Keltner, Program ManagerPhone: 961-2305 Media Release On Hawai’i Island we love to celebrate the 4th of July with family, friends, food, and fireworks. Yet all too often the festivities turn tragic on the nation’s roads. This American holiday is also one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to […]

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7-02-21 Update on Police 9-1-1 System Technical Issues

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentAdministrative Services Communications SectionLieutenant Robert Fujitake Jr.Phone: (808) 961-8808 Media Release  Hawai‘i Island police report that their communications and 9-1-1 call center is now operational to receive calls from landlines and cellular phones with the exception of those who use Verizon as a service provider. People who have Verizon as a service carrier should […]

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7-02-21 Police Report Technical Issues Impacting 9-1-1 System

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentAdministrative Services Communications SectionLieutenant Robert Fujitake Jr.Phone: (808) 961-8808 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that technical issues are affecting the 9-1-1 call system. Police are asking that if you are experiencing an emergency to call the police department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311. An update will be provided when the 9-1-1 system […]

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7-01-21 Police Request Assistance Locating Missing Puna Woman Donna Rasay

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentPuna PatrolOfficer Conrad BidalPhone: (808) 965-2716Report No. 21-052599 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 36-year-old Donna Rasay who was last seen on June 27, 2021, in the Leilani Estates area.  Rasay is approximately 5’03” tall, 145 pounds, light skin, with brown hair and green eyes.  She […]

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6-29-21 Ka’u Man Wanted For Questioning: Chester Wooten Sr.

Hawa’ii Police DepartmentArea II Criminal Investigation SectionLieutenant Edwin A. BuytenPhone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 266Report No: 20-059329 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s assistance with locating a 43-year-old Ka’u man, who is wanted for questioning in connection with a theft investigation that occurred in the District of Ka’u. Chester Wooten Sr., is […]

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6-29-21 Police Charge Puna Man With Numerous Offenses

Hawai’i Police DepartmentArea I Juvenile Aid SectionActing Lieutenant Bobbie-Jo SagonPhone: (808) 961-8883Report No. 21-051593 Media Release Hawai’i Island Police have charged a 51-year-old Kea‘au man with numerous offenses. On June 26, 2021 at about 8:19 a.m., Puna Patrol Officers responded to a report of a domestic dispute at a residence on Oio Street in Pahoa. […]

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6-29-21 Runaway La’akea Martins Located

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section, Area IIActing Lieutenant Sharlotte BirdPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 21-047490 Media Release Hawai’i Island police report that 17-year-old La’akea Martins was located in Hilo in good health on June 28, 2021. She had previously been reported as a runaway.

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6-29-21 DUI Stats

Hawai`i Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner Program ManagerPhone: 961-2305 Media Release During the week of June 21, 2021, through June 27, 2021, Hawai`i Island police arrested nineteen (19) motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant.  Five of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident.  Two of the drivers were under the […]

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6-29-21 Police Request Assistance Locating Missing Person Joseph Smithey

Hawai’i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolSergeant Aaron KaeoPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No. 21-052465 Media Release Hawai’i Island police are searching for 52-year-old Joseph Smithey, who family members say they have not heard from since late May 2021. Smithey is known to frequent the Mountain View and Kurtistown area and is in need of medical attention. He is described […]

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6-28-21 Puna Woman Arrested & Charged After Hilo ATM Robbery

Hawai’i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area ILieutenant Rio S. Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2252Report No.: 21-051651 Media Release Hawai’i Island Police have arrested and charged 30-year-old Chasia-Rose Z.K. Palma, of Puna, with robbery following an incident Saturday afternoon, June 26, 2021, at a financial institution ATM (Automated Teller Machine) in Hilo. On Saturday evening, after conferring […]

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6-28-21 Police Investigate Possible Drowning in Waikoloa

Hawai’i Police DepartmentSouth Kohala PatrolSergeant Thomas Chun-MingPhone: (808) 887-3080Report No. 21-051358 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a possible drowning incident that occurred in South Kohala. On Friday, June 25, 2021, at approximately 1:36 p.m., South Kohala Patrol officers and members of the Hawai’i Fire Department responded to the Waikoloa Beach Resort area, to […]

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6-25-21 Puna Burglary Suspects Charged

Hawai’i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area ILieutenant Rio S. Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2252Report No.: 21-050326 Media Release   Hawai’i Island Police have arrested and charged two men following a brief standoff Tuesday afternoon, June 22, 2021, on Uhini Ana Road, in Mountain View. On Thursday afternoon, June 24, 2021, after conferring with County Prosecutors, police […]

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6-25-21 Police Request Assistance Locating Hilo Runaway Lokelani Trouche-Nobriga

Hawai’i Police DepartmentSouth Hilo PatrolOfficer Blane KenolioPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 21-050651 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 14-year-old Lokelani Trouche-Nobriga of Hilo, who was reported as a runaway. Trouche-Nobriga was last seen in Hilo on Wednesday, June 23, 2021, at 1:15 p.m. wearing a black long sleeve sweater, […]

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6-23-21 Driver Rescued After Car Plunges Into Hilo Harbor

Hawai’i Police DepartmentSouth Hilo Patrol DivisionLieutenant Tuck Loy AurelloPhone:  (808) 935-3311Report No. 21-050689 Media Release On June 23, 2021, at approximately 3:24 p.m., Hilo Patrol officers responded to a report of a single vehicle collision resulting in the vehicle being submerged in the Wailoa Boat Harbor with an unconscious male driver still inside. Officers arrived […]

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6-22-21 Police Identify Suspect in Hilo Officer Involved Shooting (Update)

Hawai’i Police DepartmentOffice of the Police ChiefChief Paul K. FerreiraPhone: (808) 961-2244Report No. 21-049080 Media Release Hawai’i Island Police detectives are continuing the investigation into an officer-involved shooting incident that occurred early Friday afternoon, June 18, 2021, that left one officer injured and the suspect dead. The suspect has been identified as 31-year-old Daniel Buckingham. […]

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6-22-21 Hawaii Police Department Receives Donation of 20 New AEDs

Hawai’i Police DepartmentOffice of the Police ChiefChief Paul K. FerreiraPhone: (808) 961-2244 Media Release The Max and Yetta Karasik Family Foundation, through the Hilo Medical Center Foundation, donated 20 new Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to the Hawai‘i Police Department, which will be distributed to officers island wide.  During a ceremony held in Hilo on Tuesday, […]

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6-22-21 Runaway Located: Lokelani Trouche-Nobriga (Update)

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section, Area IDetective Gavin KagimotoPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 21-011625 Media Release Hawai’i Island police report that 14-year-old Lokelani Trouche-Nobriga was located in Hilo in good health on June 21, 2021. She had previously been reported as a runaway.

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6-22-21 Police Request Assistance Locating Ka‘ū Runaway La’akea Martins

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentKa‘ū Patrol DivisionOfficer Isaac MichaelsPhone: (808) 939-2520Report No.: 21-047490 Media Release Hawai‘i Island Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a juvenile female from Ka‘ū who was reported as a runaway. 17-year-old La`akea Martins was last seen Saturday, June 12, 2021, at 10:00 p.m., in Nā‘ālehu.  She is described as being […]

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6-22-21 DUI Stats

Hawai`i Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. KeltnerProgram ManagerPhone: 961-2305 Media Release During the week of June 14, 2021, through June 20, 2021, Hawai`i Island police arrested sixteen (16) motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant.  Six of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident.  None of the drivers were under the age […]

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6-20-21 Missing Man Located: Moroni “Mo” Freitas (Update)

Hawai’i Police DepartmentSouth Kohala PatrolSergeant Thomas Chun-MingPhone: (808) 887-3080Report No. 21-049604 Media Release Hawai’i Island police report that Moroni “Mo” Freitas, who was previously reported as a missing person, was located in good health.

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6-20-21 Police Request Assistance Locating Missing Waimea Man Moroni “Mo” Freitas

Hawai’i Police DepartmentSouth Kohala DistrictSergeant Joseph PassmorePhone: (808) 887-3080Report No. 21-049604 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 23-year old Waimea man who is a missing person in need of medication. Moroni “Mo” Freitas is described as being 5’10” tall and weighing 210 pounds. Freitas currently has brown curly hair and a brown […]

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6-18-21 Officer Involved Shooting Incident (Update)

Hawai’i Police DepartmentOffice of the Police ChiefChief Paul K. FerreiraPhone: (808) 961-2244Report No. 21-049080 Media Release Hawai’i Police are continuing the investigation into an officer Involved shooting that occurred in the South Hilo District this afternoon . At 11:20 a.m. today (June 18), patrol officers in Hilo responded to a residential alarm and possible burglary […]

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6-18-21 Police Investigate Officer Involved Shooting Which Leaves Unidentified Suspect Dead

Hawai’i Police DepartmentOffice of the Police ChiefChief Paul K. FerreiraPhone: (808) 961-2244Report No. 21-049080 Media Release Hawai’i Police are investigating an officer Involved shooting that occurred in the South Hilo District this afternoon. At 11:20 a.m. today (June 18) patrol officers in Hilo responded to a residential break in at the 1800 block of Kilauea […]

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6-18-21 Police Encourage Reporting of Illegal Aerial Fireworks

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCommunity Policing SectionOfficer Eddie Cardines Jr.Phone: (808) 935-3311 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police, concerned about illegal aerial fireworks, are asking for the public’s assistance in reporting information about the location of these dangerous and illegal pyrotechnic devices, as well as the identity of people in possession of them. It is unlawful for any […]

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